Emphasizing St. Margaret’s commitment to the growth of students in every area of their lives and inspiring them to make the best of themselves, the Wiley H. Wheat Center for Innovative Learning fosters a learning culture that is engaging to each individual student and promotes curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and perseverance. There are seven main areas of focus within the Wheat Learning Center: Academic Counseling and Coaching, Community Outreach, Enrichment Programs, Online Education, Study Skills, Testing, and Writing and Math Labs.

In order to serve the incredibly diverse student body at St. Margaret’s and the even wider range of learning differences, the multipurpose academic resource center offers something for everyone. For students with a unique learning style, learning specialists will help the student to develop strategies and build skills for success in the classroom. For students who are beginning their college search, the Wheat Learning Center offers SAT, ACT, and TOEFL preparation courses as well as individualized instruction. For the more advanced students with tremendous academic potential, they will be encouraged to seek enrichment opportunities like independent studies, service projects, and internships. Tutoring and online education are other valuable services made available through the Wheat Learning Center.

The Wheat Center for Innovative Learning

The Wheat Learning Center teaches girls to unlock their passions and reach their potential.
Jane Harrington
- Coordinator of the Wheat Center


One-on-one instruction; 50-minute sessions; subject areas include math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and study skills *open to the public

Click here for details.

SAT and ACT Test Prep

Six three-hour group sessions and two proctored practice test sessions aimed at providing quality instruction for SAT test taking strategies. This four week course is open to the public.

Click here for details about the Kaplan Course.

Two three-hour Quick Prep group sessions of quality instruction on SAT or ACT test taking strategies. These one day courses are open to the public.

Click here for details about the Hunt Course.

TOEFL Test Prep

16 one-hour group sessions OR individual training sessions

Contact jharrington@sms.org for more information.

Wheat Learning Center in the News

Class of 2017 Graduates

St. Margaret's School sent the class of 2017 on their way rejoicing on June 3 at their 94th annual commencement exercises. Lauren Block Bauer, vice president of Elm Street Development in McLean, Virginia gave the commencement address.

Bauer, who is a former Board of Governors member and alumna of St. Margaret's (1997), commented in her address, "As a graduate of St. Margaret's, you have the intellectual ability and the tools you need to navigate college and beyond. You have learned the importance of your physical well-being. You know how to take care of yourselves and be kind to yourselves. You are socially responsible; caring, empathetic, thoughtful of others and our fragile earth. You know how to help others. You are spiritually mature."

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Wheat Center SAT Prep Course

The Wheat Learning Center at St. Margaret's School is partnering with The Hunt Course, a successful SAT preparation program, to extend services to teens in the local community. The course includes five three-hour sessions of quality instruction on test taking strategies. Available for a limited time only, the course has a maximum of 20 students. A test prep book is provided.

Course dates are as follows: March 5, March 18, March 19, April 1, and April 2. Sessions are from 2:30–5:30pm. Registration ends February 24; an early bird discount is available through January 27.

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St. Margaret's to Host "Frenchified" Event about Thomas Jefferson

Calling all local history buffs! On Sunday, January 15, 2017, a Jefferson Scholar and St. Margaret's alumna will present her thesis on Thomas Jefferson and his use of French cuisine as a means of political and social manipulation during his presidency. This free event is open to the public and is the first of many enrichment opportunities to be offered through the Wheat Center for Innovative Learning at St. Margaret's School. "Frenchified" will take place in the Viola H. Woolfolk Center on St. Margaret's campus at 3:00 p.m. Please find a campus map attached and also online at www.sms.org/contact.

The presentation will dissect how Jefferson's love of food was more than merely a hobby, and in fact, played a vital role in his political career. It will be argued that his Congressional dinners indicate food was a political tool Jefferson used to exert presidential power over his adversaries. The study analyzes the food and wine he served, the people he hosted, and the size of his dinner parties, and how the food he served directly correlated to the success of his political agenda. Jefferson's unique approach to entertaining at the White House is also corroborated by personal accounts from politicians and socialites who attended Jefferson's dinners while in office. His distinct salon style of entertaining was developed from his love of French culture and his desire to establish Washington as a capital city equal to any in Europe. Ultimately, this drive to "Frenchify" White House entertainment set a precedent for American politicking and socializing.

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